PKM in 40 Days

Personal Knowledge Mastery

How do you make sense of all the data, information, and knowledge that passes by you each day? How do you connect with other professionals?

The discipline of PKM helps to develop four core work skills, identified by the Institute for the Future: sense-making; social intelligence; new media literacy; and cognitive load management.

The Personal Knowledge Mastery workshop, conducted over 40 days, comprises 18 activities (60–90 minutes each), spaced through six weeks, in addition to resources, links, and tips. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday a new assignment is posted in the online community space. People can work on their own or share in the discussion forum with other participants as they like. At the end of the workshop, an additional 14 days are provided for reflection or catch-up, so participants have access for 54 days in total.

This workshop has had hundreds of participants from around the world.

See workshop outline below. All participants will receive a copy of finding perpetual beta.

Next open workshop begins on Monday, 29 February 2016.

Early Registration Special ends 14 February: $(US)279

Standard Registration Fee: $(US)329
* 13% HST included for Canadian purchasers
No refunds (deferrals & substitutions may be arranged).
Registrations are confirmed by e-mail within 12 hours.

PKM is a set of processes, individually constructed, to help each of us make sense of our world and work more effectively. PKM means taking control of your professional development, and staying connected in the network era, whether you an employee, self-employed, or between jobs. The active practice of PKM can help increase Connections, develop Meaning, and improve Autonomy, all necessary skills in the network era. This can be the beginning of your journey to personal knowledge mastery.

“I signed up, read a few pages, already had 2-3 deep learnings! BOOM!” – Jonathan Anthony

“As a master mapping out a pathway for followers, I think you’ve neatly avoided the common trap of being overly prescriptive and kept it to a minimum of discrete steps.” – Chris Mansell

“Therefore, if I were to comment on this program, Harold, I’d have to say it’s brilliant: it offers something for all of us. But it’s up to each of us to take what you offer; make SENSE of it and filter it to identify information that is immediately useful vs useful later vs less useful, then SHARE key insights formed as a result of having gone through this process.” – Chemene Sinson

“I encourage you to sign up for the workshop in Personal Knowledge Mastery.” – Kenneth Mikkelsen

“PKM is the perfect ‘tool’ for supporting culture change in both your organization and those you interact with.” – Kate Pinner

“This exercise has been great (the course has paid for itself already!) in identifying a blind spot.” – Shaun Coffey

Workshop participants come from a wide variety of organizations, including:

National Health Service (UK), University of Kent, United Cities & Local Governments, SSAT (UK), Autodesk, BC Patient & Safety Council, University of Nebraska, National Australia Bank, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Deloitte, Carleton University, European Environment Agency, Target, CITI, CGI, AT&T, Roche …

For more information on PKM

Some of the things you will learn:

  • how to examine and visualize your professional networks
  • how to be mindful of your connections, online and otherwise
  • an understanding of some new tools that can help with your sense-making
  • how to continuously share and communicate in order to make sense of a complex world
  • how some of the ideas, concepts, and methods discussed can become part of your regular routine

Workshop Outline (this may have slight modifications)


1. Networks, Communities & Teams

  • Mapping
  • Finding
  • Narration

2. Seek > Sense > Share

  • Filters
  • Platforms
  • Adding Value

3. Critical Thinking

  • Observe
  • Tentative Opinions
  •  Evaluate

4. People

  • Experts
  • Connectors
  • Seekers & Catalysts

5. Curating

  • Topics
  • Comparing
  • Add Value

6. Establishing Your Practice

  • How others practice PKM
  • Reflecting
  • The First Step